Science Education

Read: What? WHAT? I’M DAMAGING MY WHAT?

My podcasting buddy and general thorn in my side, Dr. Christopher Labos, has published something for the CBC and we’re supposed to, I don’t know, stop everything we’re doing and read it because it’s so great. Here’s an excerpt:

“He points out that most of us are slowly damaging our hearing without realizing it.

“But the ears have their own way of signalling danger. Coming out of a nightclub and finding that your ears are ringing or that you have to speak loudly to hear your own voice is a common situation that most people think is benign. But it is actually a defence mechanism your ears use to protect themselves from damaging noise levels, a phenomenon called a ‘temporary threshold shift’.”

Look, it’s apparently the greatest thing since sliced bread, but there’s at least one missing punctuation mark that I noticed (and this guy is in journalism school). If you listen to music on your phone or on some sort of MP3 device, you may want to pay attention to what the problem is and how you can remedy it.

Click here to read Dr. Labos’ piece and click here to listen to us bicker on the podcast (and don’t forget to subscribe!).

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